Sitar is quite a prominent fixture in the Brisbane Indian scene – probably because there is practically one in every suburb! The one we scoped out is found on James Street just in front of the QA Hotel.
I should start out by admitting that I am not a great connoisseur of Indian food! I lived for most of my life on a small island in the Mediterranean Sea where my mother’s version of a curry was adding the powdered stuff to a type of Bolognese sauce and putting it on rice!! The first time I ate ‘proper’ curry was when I lived in London – though I do suspect that was not very proper either.
Back to Sitar – the James Str restaurant is quite big, with tables inside, on the pavement, in the courtyard and upstairs. Though I do think that they do not have enough staff to deal with the size. We spent a while waiting for the menus as the waiter who greeted us failed to accompany us to a table. We did gain a plate of free poppadums to make up for the delay though!
Our order started with some lamb tenderloins as a started which tasted quite good. Though there were only two. We then progressed to a chicken korma with plain naan bread and plain rice.
I do like Sitar’s Kormas as some places over water it down a bit too much. Its quite mild which keeps my partner happy and the chicken is generally very tender and can be broken away with a fork. The one portion of rice was more than enough to feed the both of us with some left over. Same with the Naan, which I thought was slightly undercooked.
It’s a good option for Indian food, however there are quite a few others in the area so I am not yet sure if it is one of the best. I do rank Karma on Brunswick street slightly above Sitar in both quality and price.
Stay tuned for other Indian Restaurant Reviews…
Bare Essentials: Indian
A: 69 James Street, New Farm, 4005
T: 07 3254 0400
Drinks: licensed & BYO
Mon-Sun: 17.30 till late